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America’s Opinion Of Obama Improves Following Bin Laden Killing

May 5, 2011 by  

America's opinion of Obama improves following bin Laden killingTo no surprise, President Barack Obama's approval ratings have improved in the wake of Osama bin Laden's death.

According to a Pew Research/Washington Post poll released on May 3, approximately 56 percent of Americans said that they approve of Obama's job performance, which is a significant jump from his 47 percent approval rating last month.

According to the Pew Research Center, former President George W. Bush enjoyed a similar boost following the capture of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in December 2003. After the United States military apprehended Hussein, Bush's rating jumped from 50 to 57 percent.

A total of 35 percent of respondents said that Obama deserved "a great deal" of credit for the killing of bin Laden. The U.S. military received 86 percent while the CIA and other intelligence agencies garnered 66 percent.

Americans gave far less credit to Bush, who launched the mission to capture bin Laden in 2001. Only 15 percent of respondents said that a "great deal" of credit should go to Bush, while 46 percent said that he deserved "not much/none."

However, Stephen Hunter of PowerLineBlog.com has criticized Obama for taking too much credit for bin Laden's death. He said that the President has been "ungenerous" to Bush, whose administration was responsible for responding immediately to the Sept. 11 attacks.

"Clearly, all [Obama] did was sign off on initiatives other, better men had originated," wrote Hunter.

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